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Truthout Daily Digest March 19, 2014

Henry Giroux | Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: As universities turn toward corporate management models, they increasingly use and exploit cheap faculty labor while expanding the ranks of their managerial class.

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Fat Cats and Suck-Ups

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: If the Democrats are wondering why their electoral chances in the midterms are looking so dismal, they should look no farther than the progressive wing of their own increasingly right-wing corporate party.

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Environmentalists Call For Ban on Fracking in Ohio After Earthquakes

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Environmental groups are calling for a ban on fracking in Ohio after a series of small earthquakes erupted near an active fracking site last week. Regulators ordered Hilcorp Energy to shut down its operations after five temblors ranging from 2.1 to 3.0 in magnitude were recorded March 10-11.

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Abby Huntsman Promotes the Wall Street Banksters’ Big Lie

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Abby Huntsman has bought the banksters’ big lie hook, line and sinker, and now she’s pushing it live on national TV. Last week, Huntsman, a co-host on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and the daughter of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, went off on what she said was the biggest issue facing her generation: Social Security.

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Fixing the Facts To Create a Crisis With Iran

Gareth Porter, Truthout: Fictitious WMDs created a pretext for launching the ill-fated and destructive war with Iraq.Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare argues that similar tactics were created to justify a war with Iran.

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The Iraq War: Forgotten in Plain Sight

Hugh Gusterson, Truthout: On the 11th anniversary of the war in Iraq, the US mainstream media’s decontextualized rendering of violence in Iraq fails to explain political divisions and struggles in Iraq or how this violence is a direct consequence of the US invasion and occupation.

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Banks Seek To Sway Critical GAO Report

Alison Fitzgerald, The Center for Public Integrity: Lobbyists are working hard to get ahead of a critically important report by the government’s internal watchdog that may determine how banks are regulated in the future.

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Nukes Now: Obama Worse Than Reagan

Steve Breyman, Truthout: Heads-up, veterans of the nuclear freeze movement in the US, the anti-Euromissile campaigns in Western Europe and the various anti-nuclear weapons efforts in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Incoming.

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Sri Lanka Bans Monsanto Herbicide, Citing Potential Link to Deadly Kidney Disease

Sasha Chavkin, The Center for Public Integrity: Concerned the chemical may be linked to a kidney disease killing agricultural workers, Sri Lanka this week ordered a ban on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide Roundup.

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Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis on Fighting for Fairness

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, co-founder and national policy director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, discuss how social action can change policy and lives.

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Advice Too Secret To Ignore: Col. Manners Answers Your Questions on CIA Practices, Proper Cyberwar Behavior, Invasion Etiquette

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: At a time of heightened tension among the US intelligence community, the White House, Congress, and the American people, who better to explain the workings and thought patterns of the inner world of official Washington than the Colonel? Once again, Col. Manners answers the questions of ordinary citizens about how their secret government actually works.

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GOP Bill Designed To Disrupt John Doe Dark Money Probe, Court Filings Confirm

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: New court filings confirm that Wisconsin’s John Doe campaign finance investigation hinges on how state election law treats “issue ad” groups coordinating with political campaigns, shedding new light on a Republican effort to quietly change the law in advance of Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election campaign.

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A World Awash in a Nuclear Explosive?

Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith, Center for Public Integrity: A new industry focused on plutonium-based nuclear fuel has begun to take shape in the far reaches of Asia, with ambitions to spread elsewhere – and some frightening implications – if nuclear expert Thomas Cochran is correct.

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US Border Patrol Agent Sexually Assaults Undocumented Mother and Two Daughters: Who Are the Criminals?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: With a large militarized US police force on the Mexican border, the law enforcement abuses of undocumented immigrants – including deadly force – go largely unchecked. Who will be held accountable for the violence?

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Pentagon Watchdog “Not Aware” of NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection, Does Not Have Any Investigations Open

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Investors Are Betting on Climate Change To Raise Food Prices

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In Contraception Case, Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

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Republicans Confident About Their Ignorance of Global Warming

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Mentally Ill Homeless Veteran “Baked to Death” in Scorching 100-Degree NYC Jail Cell

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The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

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Meet the “Missing Workers”: Americans Who Have Given Up Hope of a Job

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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Full Moon Phase: illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, experience

Moon in Scorpio

The fullest expression of the energy that is imprinted at New Moons comes during Full Moon phases. Since the energy that was imprinted at the New Moon in Pisces back on March 1 was “travelers on a narrow path seeking illumination,” we are now in the “illumination” stage.

Here’s the thing: we may not know it yet. This is because the cycle isn’t over. We still have the Disseminating Moon phase, which begins tomorrow and is the time of the month when we share what we have come to understand and believe or where we think we want to go with things. We receive feedback, insight, and more information. It takes the energetics of a Disseminating Moon phase, and the interplay of information and ideas through person-to-person communication, person-to-nature communication, and person-to-spirit communication before we fully understand.

After that phase comes the Third Quarter Moon phase where we shape things up, take responsibility for whatever we need to, let go of whatever doesn’t fit the picture anymore, and then call it good.

The Balsamic Moon phase follows to clear the field for a new imprint of energy that will come once again with a New Moon. Balsamic phases are not exactly part of the last cycle and not exactly part of the pending cycle. They hang in the middle and work various forms of magic.

Illumination happens from higher spiritual forces. We are in the dark about something until we open to receive knowledge and engage in a process of learning. It requires the humility to know that we don’t know it all. The field of information, which continuously surrounds us, is the source of the teaching. A better word to describe the process of illumination/learning is absorption. We absorb wisdom.

On this last day of the Full Moon phase and the last day of the Sun in Pisces (and therefore the last degree of the zodiac), let’s take full advantage of the energy. In order to do that, we need quiet time to contemplate. Some Gnostic sources say that the aeon Sige is the mother of Sophia. Sige is the Goddess of Silence. Sophia is the Goddess of Wisdom. Silence gives birth to Wisdom.

Listen more than talking today. Remain open instead of needing to know. Suspend judgment in favor of more information. Surrender to a higher power. Let silence speak and absorb.